Youth outreach workers on the ground in Top End
Territory Families’ new team of Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Officers (YOREOs) has started work in key locations across the Top End, following three weeks of intensive training and a graduation ceremony at Parliament House.
YOREOs are dedicated youth-focused workers who operate within the community to re-engage ‘at-risk’ youth and their families to address some of the root causes of youth crime.
Across the Top End, an initial group of more than 20 staff are now based at offices in Palmerston/Darwin, Katherine and Nhulunbuy. Additional teams are also located in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek and there are plans to recruit more staff later in the year.
The YOREOs will work with local government and non-government organisations to help coordinate diversion programs and after hours youth activities, as well as supporting young people at risk of offending to get connected with the support services they need.
These youth outreach workers are part of the Northern Territory Government’s Youth Justice Reform Strategy which is aimed at supporting young people and strengthening communities by reducing youth crime and re-offending by offering more productive pathways for disengaged youth.